Moo Brew’s Imperial Stout: One For The Pool Room

The Castle is one of Australia’s most iconic movies. At its heart it’s a simple tale about the little man taking on the giants and winning, but the impeccable scriptwriting is what really has elevated the 1997 flick into the nation’s psyche.

While it’s littered with great one-liners, there’s one that’s stands tall above all the others in terms of it being mimicked – “This is going straight to the pool room”, courtesy of The Castle‘s dad, Michael Caton’s inimitable Darryl Kerrigan.

It’s certainly the phrase that sprung to mind when I first heard about the Moo Brew Imperial Stout, a collaboration between Tasmania’s Moo Brew and Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. 

The Moo Brew Imperial Stout has been aged in Archie Rose Single Malt Whisky and ex-Bourbon American oak, weighing in at an imposing 10.8% ABV.

“It’s big,” Moo Brew head brewer Dave Macgill says of the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, which will be launched on Wednesday 31 October, during Sydney Beer Week.

“We encourage people to enjoy this beer now, but those partial to cellaring will be rewarded,” Macgill says. “It has a rich, dense palate thanks to the ex-bourbon barrels and Archie Rose whisky, high residual sugar and specialty roasted malts.”

Archie Rose Master Distiller Dave Withers says the opportunity to collaborate with such an innovative brewer like Moo Brew was too good to pass up.

“Experimentation is a huge part of what we do at Archie Rose, which is why we were thrilled to work on this project. This Barrel-Aged Stout is a winner,” Withers said.

Drink it immediately with a dark chocolate-based dessert or Christmas pudding. Or, wait a few years and notice how the hop bitterness tapers off, bringing forward sweetness and accents of single malt whisky.

Or you could, of course, banish it to the pool room – or man cave – to be resurrected on the most special of occasions.

The Moo Brew Imperial Stout is available for public purchase from the Moo Brew / Moorilla Cellar Door from November 1:

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